TRANS AM Ta (Thrill Jockey) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Being ahead of the pack never pays off. Back when electroclash was still a rock critic term waiting to be invented and Peaches was clearing rooms as Fancypants Hoodlum, the cads in Trans Am were kicking it electro-style. Now that the 80s flashback is in full effect, the Maryland trio risk being labelled bandwagon-jumpers with their new Ta disc. They don't seem too concerned. White suits and all, Trans Am play it up like the granddaddies of retro computer music, mashing up spaced-out sounds with robot synth grooves, rhyming in Spanish over electro breaks and generally making fools of themselves and everyone else who takes this music too seriously. Expect Trans Am to take Adult. to school when the two play the Horseshoe Friday (June 14).